DIY Projects

You've got this! Basic DIY takes you step-by-step through projects you can do on your own in almost no time at all. No engineering degree required.

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You see it everywhere, but you pay it no attention. Despite its versatility and popularity with builders, few people know where drywall comes from or how it's made.

By Bambi Turner

Hanging drywall can be done by a do-it-yourselfer, but joining the pieces together does take some practice. Learn how to install drywall in your home.

By Fix-It Club

Sturdy but simple, drywall has become the most reliable material for walls and ceilings. Get to know drywall, and learn the steps to installing it in your home and making repairs when it suffers damage.

By Shane Wilson

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Plaster is both durable and good-looking, but it inevitably develops cracks. Learn about repairing cracked plaster in this home improvement article.

By Fix-It Club

When you want to refinish old wooden furniture, the best place to look is the family attic, basement, or garage. Whether it's worth saving depends on its style and construction. Learn to identify antique furniture.

By Editors of Consumer Guide

Is Grandma's hand-me-down hutch looking a little worse for wear? Instead of tossing out those favorite furniture pieces, why not take on a refinishing project? Find dozens of tips in this article.

By the Editors of Publications International, Ltd.

A new kitchen is one of the most rewarding gifts you can give your family. Your kitchen is where late-night talks, homework sessions, and celebrations happen. Learn how to design a kitchen.

By Mary Wynn Ryan

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Home accidents are one of the leading causes of death among children and injuries among adults. In many cases, these accidents can be avoided by taking simple precautions. Learn how to prevent accidents in your home.

By Editors of Consumer Guide

Being able to identify the type of wood used for your furniture can help you determine its real value. Learn to examine furniture and identify the type of wood or woods used to create it.

By Editors of Consumer Guide

Repairing wooden furniture is a process that can take many forms. There are numerous types of wooden furniture, so the types of repairs are similarly varied. Learn how to repair wooden furniture.

By Editors of Consumer Guide

Refinishing can bring new life to a favorite antique or save you from paying big bucks for a brand new piece of furniture. But you’ll want to make sure you get it right the first time, so read on to learn the differences between varnish, resin, lacquer and wax and how to select the right finish for your project.

By Editors of Consumer Guide

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Staining wooden furniture isn't just a matter of stripping off one finish and applying another. The finish is only as good as the preparation for it. Learn how to stain wooden furniture.

By Editors of Consumer Guide

How do you know which pieces of unfinished furniture are worth buying? And once you locate a piece, how do you distress it and give it that antique feel? Read this article for the answers.

By Editors of Consumer Guide

From scratches to discoloration, the surfaces of your wooden furniture are vulnerable to all kinds of damage. Luckily, many of the problems can be fixed. Read this article to learn how.

By Editors of Consumer Guide

You have many options to consider when decorating furniture. Whether you want a worn-out look, gold tint, stencils, or painted stripes, make sure your materials are compatible. Learn how to decorate wooden furniture.

By Editors of Consumer Guide

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Refinishing furniture isn't just a matter of removing one finish and slapping on another; it also involves preparation of the stripped wood. Preparing the wood takes both time and elbow grease, but it's vital to the success of your refinishing job; the finish is only as good as the preparation for it.

By Editors of Consumer Guide

With the wide assortment of wallpapers available today, choosing among them can be as hard as putting them up. Today's wallpapers are easier to handle and more rip-resistant. Learn how to hang wallpaper.

By Fix-It Club

Older homes often have lath-and-plaster walls. Latex paint will hide hairline cracks in plaster, but only temporarily. Larger cracks actually are easier to fix. Learn how to repair cracked plaster.

By Walter Curtis

A few simple restoration techniques can revive an old finish on wooden furniture. This can save you time and money, and help you hold onto a good piece of furniture. Learn to restore furniture finish.

By Editors of Consumer Guide

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Equipping your at-home workshop with the right tools can save you time when you are attempting any furniture restoration or repair project. Learn the proper primary tools to include in your workshop.

By Editors of Consumer Guide

For refinishing or repairing furniture, it's important to have basic materials like abrasive powders, adhesives, and sandpaper. Other materials like painter's tape aren't used frequently, but they are also important to have ready. Learn more.

By Editors of Consumer Guide

Furniture should be bleached if the surface is marked by stains, black rings, or water spots; if the wood is discolored or blotchy; and if the color is uneven. Learn how to bleach furniture.

By Editors of Consumer Guide

Sealer coats are used between finishing steps to ensure even penetration of stains and finishes, to prevent bleeding of stains and fillers, and to make the finished surface smoother. Learn how to seal wooden furniture.

By Editors of Consumer Guide

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Wooden furniture can be spoiled by small damage to the surface. Some stains are easily removed, while more damaging spots may require refinishing. Learn simple methods to repair small stains quickly and effectively.

By Editors of Consumer Guide

Loose joints on wooden furniture can cause long-term damage to the rest of the frame by increasing stress on other joints. Learn how to repair joints and stop small structural problems from becoming big ones.

By Editors of Consumer Guide